Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi (Thomas Rosenthal)

Its 2012-2013 season, announced Thursday, has a global focus, with the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China, Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdes, the Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guards.

The center, based on George Mason University’s Prince William campus, is not ignoring home-grown, or specifically local, talent. Arlo Guthrie will celebrate the centennial of the birth of his father, Woody Guthrie. The Manassas Ballet Theatre will have a residency, along with several other local groups.

Other resident partners who will appear in the next season are Vpstart Crow, the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Orchestras of Prince William, the Manassas Chorale and the Prince William Little Theatre.

The family series will feature the award-winning Trout Fishing in America duo and the Pushcart Players.

Jeffrey Siegel is doing a special program on Frederic Chopin. Lila Downs, winner of a Latin Grammy Award, will demonstrate how Mexican music blends well with the blues and jazz.

The Castleton Festival at the Hylton, under conductor Lorin Maazel will perform for a second summer. And Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent will bring a special holiday program, “A Bluegrass Christmas.”

The center is a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the private sector, including Novant Health.

A full schedule can be found at: